Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin has been rolling for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), as he helped the team to win their ninth straight game Saturday night. With a pair of helpers in a 5-0 shutout win against the St. John Sea Dogs, Drouin extended his point streak to 13 games. The night prior, Drouin’s five points (one goal, four assists) in a 9-2 win against Acadie-Bathurst, was his highest single-game point total since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Drouin, reigning Canadian Hockey League CCM Player of the Year, leads the Mooseheads for points (46) and assists (32) and is second for points in the league, trailing only Anthony Mantha of Val-d’Or, who had a six-game lead on Drouin, following an extended stay at the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp in September. Since returning to the Mooseheads in early October, Drouin has embraced his role as alternate captain averaging 2.73 points per game since the start of November.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound, forward was selected by Tampa Bay third overall in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft, following being awarded the QMJHL Michel Briere Most Valuable Player award, the Michael Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s top draft prospect and the QMJHL’s Playoff MVP. Drouin also skated in six games with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF Junior World U-20 Championships in Ufa, Russia, recording two goals and four points in six games.
The Mooseheads will travel to Cape Breton to take on the Screaming Eagles, before returning to Halifax for three straight home games. Drouin will look to extend his point streak to 14 games, while the Mooseheads aim to win their tenth straight.